Should you line your pantry shelves? If your pantry is new or has a new paint job, it looks great. Is there a need to line it too? We’ve done the research on shelf liners to find out how this extra step is beneficial to your pantry shelves.
Adding shelf liner keeps your pantry fully functional and looking great by:
- Preventing stains.
- Covering stains.
- Turning open, wire shelves into solid shelves.
- Decorating shelves with colors and patterns.
- Making shelves easy to clean.
- Cutting down on noise.
There are many great shelf liners on the market today, and we've dug deep to find the best liners for your pantry. Let's look at different types of shelf liners, and how they can be applied to improve your pantry.
Lining Your Pantry Shelves
Whether you are looking for an affordable face-lift for your pantry, or just want to keep it looking fresh, shelf liners are a good solution. Here, we'll take a closer look at the many benefits of shelf liners.
Shelf Liner Prevents Stains
Jars or cans on your pantry shelf can spill, and cause a tough to remove stain especially if the spill goes unnoticed. Prevent stains by adding a shelf liner. Fresh spills get wiped away easily, and you can always remove the stained liner to replace it with a clean, new one.
Shelf Liner Covers Stains
Perhaps you've moved into an apartment or bought a home. You don't want to repaint the pantry but there are stains on the shelves. Shelf liner is an inexpensive and easy way to cover the stains that won't clean up. It also saves you the cost and hassle of painting.
Turning A Wire Pantry Shelf Into Something More Solid
Wire shelves are standard in many pantries. But things can slip through the wires which is a hassle. Adding some heavy-duty shelf lining can turn those open shelves into something more solid.
This heavy-duty liner is perfect for using on wire shelving in the pantry.
Use A Fun Colorful Liner To Dress Up Your Pantry
One reason to use a shelf liner is for decorative reasons. There are many beautiful shelf liners on the market now to take your pantry from practical to spectacular. You can coordinate with your kitchen, add some baskets and jars, and elevate your pantry to a place of kitchen pride.
Shelf Liner Makes Cleaning Your Pantry Shelves A Breeze
Many shelf liners have a smooth surface that is easy to wipe clean with a sponge. If you spill a jar of honey, or if cereal crumbs invade the corners, it's super easy to wipe liner up with a sponge. If you like the heavier plastic, textured variety of liner, cleaning is easy too. Simply clear off your shelf, and vacuum crumbs up. Some shelf liners can be removed to clean, and then returned to the pantry shelf.
Lining Your Shelves Can Cut Down On Noise
It's a small benefit, but having that extra layer of protection on your shelves can reduce noise. This is particularly helpful if you keep your pots and pans in your pantry.
What's The Best Shelf Liner?
There are many shelf liners on the market but some are better than others. We're going to recommend skipping the waffle weave type. This has small holes and can collect crumbs and dust over time.
Also, you might choose to pass on the adhesive variety. Part of the reason for having shelf liner is to protect your shelf and keep your pantry clean. Taking sticky paper off can cause damage to your paint.
Here are some of the best kinds of pantry liners.
Non-Stick Lining Paper
This Gorilla Grip liner comes in 12", 20", or 17.5" width rolls in either 10' long or 20' long amounts. It also comes in a wide variety of solid colors and cute patterns. It has a smooth top for easy cleaning and they won't rip or tear. They're easy to cut to size and easy to take out of the pantry for cleaning.
The EasyLiner brand makes a lot of excellent products to use in your pantry. A 6-pack of damask designed non-slip lining paper looks great in your pantry. It has a smooth top for easy cleaning and a non-stick bottom. Cuts with scissors to get the right size. Just wipe it with a damp cloth or sponge to clean it up.
If you store pots and pans and fine china in your pantry, you may consider using cork instead of paper. This cork liner gives a bit more cushion for fragile dinnerware. It doesn't have the same clean-ability for liquid spills as plastic liners, but it gives great protection for china.
If you keep aromatic items in your pantry or loads of kitchen linens, give cedar veneer lining a try. It smells wonderful and naturally repels insects.
How To Protect Pantry Shelves Beyond Lining Them?
Beyond lining your shelves, are there other ways to protect your pantry? Yes, of course, there are. As you can see in the photo above, there are other ways to organize and keep things contained to reduce dirt, dust, and spills.
Use Glass Jars And Other Containers
Keeping your dry goods and spices in plastic or glass containers helps keep out pests and makes it easy to see your food.
Use Bins And Baskets
Bins and baskets are great for holding non-perishable produce, cleaning materials, and other bulky or loose items in your pantry. Plus they dress up the look of the pantry and keep things neat.
These farmhouse style bins are available in a set of 4 in a pretty bronze color.
Put On A Fresh Coat Of Paint Before Lining
New paint is always a good way to ensure your pantry stays looking sharp. There are many all in one primer + color paints available on the market now to reduce the steps needed for the job.
A gorgeous pantry is a thing of pride in the kitchen. When well laid out and kept clean and organized, your pantry becomes a valuable tool for the entire household.
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